Internships and Careers

Career advising and research

Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources. Contact the CDC for an appointment. Learn how to conduct an informational interview and reach out to alumnae, through the Alumane Association Career Directory, who can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school. Your professors may also be a resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.

Great positions for French majors include Director/Assoc. Director of a Non-Profit, Analyst, Translator, Research Associate, Program Coordinator, Writer/Editor, Counselor, Marketing Assistant, Account Executive/Coordinator, Consultant, Teacher, or Lawyer/Legal Assistant. More information about careers and internships can be found through the following resources:

  • Proz – The Translators Workplace
  • Work in Francophone Countries
  • Frenchculture.org
  • Idealist
  • Students and Alumnae who were French majors or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school.  Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.
  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with your Handshake account.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.
  • Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.

Where alumnae are working

Alumnae of the Department of French have gone on to work in a vast array of fields. The following lists offer a very small representative sample from various fields and include women from the classes of 1980-2014 who either majored in French or double-majored in French and some other discipline at Mount Holyoke.

Publishing 

  • Stephanie Gouse Vyce ’87, Subsidiary Rights Manager, Harvard University Press
  • Diane de Castro ’89, Acquisitions Editor, Prentice-Hall
  • Sirarat Snidvongs Buranasiri ’90, Translator, Elle (Thailand)
  • Jessica Matthews ’91 (M.S., Boston University), Metro Editor, Scranton Times (former: Staff Writer, Gannett Newspapers)
  • Christine Muhlke ’92, Executive Editor, Bon Appétit (former: Deputy Editor, The New York Times); co-author, with David Kinch and Eric Ripert, Manresa: An Edible Reflection (2013) and, with Eric Ripert, On the Line: Inside the World of Le Bernardin (2008)
  • Megan Pickett ’97, Freelance Journalist, Modern Luxury, Inc. Magazine Group (former: Features Editor, Hong Kong Tatler Magazine)
  • Mary Elisabeth (Missy) Schwartz ’97 (M.A., Harvard), Senior Editor, Entertainment Weekly
  • Lauren Edson ’98, Book Editor, J. Paul Getty Trust
  • Andrea Costella Dawson ’01, Editor, W.W. Norton and Co. 

Radio/Television/Film

  • Paula Sullivan Souloumiac ’80, Director, International TV Partnerships, France Télécom (Paris)
  • Nina Lederman ’81, Vice President, Lifetime Television Network (former: Executive Vice President, Warner Brothers Television; Vice President for Production, NBC, Inc.)
  • Pamela Golomb ’89 (M.B.A., Tulane), Director of Marketing, Sirius XM Radio
  • Leila Armin-Arsala ‘89, Correspondent, Dubai Television (former: Research Consultant, United Nations)
  • Catherine Clover ’94 (PhD, Oxford), Staff Writer and Asia Editor, Electrum Magazine (Bangkok)
  • Shannon Service ’97, Independent Producer and Reporter (former: Associate Producer, CNN; Associate Producer, HBO)
  • Megan Vandehey ’98, Assistant Editor, Harpo Productions, Inc. (Oprah Winfrey)
  • Duong Tran ’09, Reporter, Vietnam Television

Government/Diplomacy

  • Allyson J. Cornish ‘84 (M.A., Middlebury), Office Management Specialist, US Embassy (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) (former: Office Management Specialist, US Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia)
  • Melanie Brooke Darby ’92 (J.D., Georgetown), Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Division (former: Deputy Director, US Department of State, Office Of Iraq Programs; Civilian Policing Specialist, US Department of State, International Civilian Policing Operations/Kosovo Peacekeeping; Foreign Policy Assistant, Clinton for President Campaign)
  • Claire Klotz Mezoughem ’92 (M.A., Purdue University), Meat and Livestock Analyst, US Department of Agriculture (former: Economist, US Department of Agriculture)
  • Melissa Rosser ’92 (M.A., University of Maryland), Project Officer for African Affairs, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Maryanna Phillips Koehring ’95 (M.A.T., School for International Training), Higher Education Specialist, Us Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Cybele Cochran ’98 (M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), Conflict Specialist, US Agency for International Development (USAID) (former: Technical Writer, Department of Homeland Security; volunteer, Peace Corps)
  • René Gutel ‘00, Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State (Paris)
  • Fariha Kamal ’01 (PhD, Syracuse University), Economist, US Department of Commerce-Census Bureau
  • Lauren Inman Goldman ’02 (M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Analyst, Defense Intelligence Agency, US Department of Defense (former: Foreign Affairs Specialist, US Federal Aviation Administration)
  • Alexis Leonard ’02 (M.A., American University), Malaria Technical Advisor, Bureau for Global Health, US Agency for International Development (USAID) (former: Volunteer, Peace Corps)
  • Emily Renard ’02, Foreign Affairs Officer, US Department of State
  • Choitsho Dorji ’04, Foreign Trade Officer, Department of Trade, Royal Government of Bhutan
  • Rena Rosenzveig ’10, Economic Research Analyst, US Federal Trade Commission
  • Erin Syring ’13, Research and Editorial Assistant, The Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, George Washington University

Finance/Banking/ Investment

  • Ellen Danazcko Ellison ’80 (M.B.A., Columbia), Chief Investment Officer, University of Illinois Foundation (former: Director of Investments, University of Miami; Senior Vice President, Fiduciary Trust Co. International; Financial Consultant, Merrill Lynchand Co., Inc.)
  • Stephanie Summers Leouzon ’84 (M.B.A., University of Virginia), Partner and Head of European Division, Torreya Partners (London) (former: Managing Director, Crédit Suisse; Vice President, J. P. Morgan, Inc.; Account Associate, Shearson Lehman Hutton; Director, Salomon Brothers)
  • Mariela Ferro Platt ’91 (M.B.A., Harvard), Managing Director, Platinum Global (London) (former: Assistant Vice President, Merrill Lynch and Co., Inc.; Vice President, Shearson Lehman Hutton)
  • Sage Hiley ‘92 (M.A., Middlebury, M.A., Georgetown), Reserves Management, The World Bank
  • Tiko Boesze Robertson ’92, Director, Schwab Institutional/Marketing, Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Kristin Dieter ’95, Assistant Vice President, Mellon Financial Corp.
  • Raluca Dalea ’01 (M.B.A., University of Texas-Austin), Associate Director/Senior Vice President, MacQuarie Bank Limited (former: Equity Research Associate for Global Markets, Deutsche Bank; Analyst, J.P. Morgan Chase)
  • Alicia Hammond ’08 (M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), Consultant, The World Bank (former: Associate, Women and Public Policy Program, Kennedy School, Harvard University)
  • Jessica Ng ’14, Investment Banker, Bangkok Bank

Law

  • Sarah Pugh Tate ’85 (J.D., Cornell), Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
  • Felice Einhorn Javit ’86 (J.D., Yeshiva University), Vice President and Senior Counsel, Simon and Schuster, Inc.
  • Polly Clark ’93 (J.D., Yale) (former: General Counsel, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Heather Balmat ‘94 (M.A., Middlebury; J.D., Boston University), Attorney, Balmat Law, Boston (Trademark and Intellectual Property Law)
  • Amanda DeMeola ’01 (J.D., Penn State, J.D. Dickinson School of Law), Senior Appellate Court Attorney, New York State Supreme Court
  • Anna de Vries Koelewijn ’01 (M.A., University of Leiden), Head of Administration, The Hague Conference on Private International Law (former: Head of Human Resources, The Hague Conference on Private International Law)

Museum/Arts Administration

  • Jill Johnson Deupi ’91 (J.D., American University; PhD, University of Virginia), Director, Lowe Art Museum,University of Miami (former: Assistant to the Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Assistant Project Manager, Royal Academy of Arts, London)
  • April Kim Tonin ’92 (M. A., Columbia), Director of Visual Education, Nightingale-Bamford School (New York) (former: Coordinator of Distance Learning and Teacher Information Center, Museum of Modern Art)
  • Kristen Collins ’93 (M.A., Williams College, PhD, University of Texas-Austin), Associate Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Jennifer Wisniewski ’99 (M. A., University of California-Riverside), Exhibits Specialist, Clinton Presidential Library
  • Alanna Jordan ’02, Fine Arts Registrar, Fondation Cartier pour L’Art Contemporain (Paris)
  • Stephanie Brien Baker ’03 (M.A., NYU), Associate Registrar, Peabody Essex Museum

Business/Marketing/Public Relations/Advertising

  • Louise Denegre ’80 (J.D., University of Connecticut), Owner, Parlez-Vous Provence French Market (parlezvousprovence.com)
  • Mary Root Bell ’83, Vice President of Global Marketing, Estee Lauder, Inc.
  • Maureen McHale Hood ’87 (M.B.A., Georgetown), Marketing Director, Proctor and Gamble Co.
  • Jennifer Lahey Ullyot ’92 (M.B.A., University of Virginia), Director of Business Solutions, AOL Time Warner
  • Julia Labaton ’93, President and Owner, RED PR (former: Senior Account Executive, Lippe Taylor Public Relations; Public Relations Associate, Vogue Magazine)
  • Jessica Bowen ’94, Business Sales Coordinator, Tiffany and Co.
  • Kristen Williams ’98, Merchandising Manager, Tiffany and Co.
  • Katherine Axt ’01 (M.B.A., Columbia), Senior Marketing Manager, Amazon.com
  • Christina Giordano ’07, Marketing Manager, Saks Fifth Ave.

NGO’s/Development Organizations

  • Tracey Hebert-Seck ’92 (M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), Regional Director, World Vision International (former: Director for West and Central Africa, United Nations Office for Project Services; Technical Advisor, US Agency for International Development [USAID]; Technical Advisor, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris [OECD])
  • Antoinette Dack Major ’95, Director of Marketing, World Wildlife Fund
  • Aili Peterson ’02 (M.P.A. Syracuse University), Manager, Chemonics International (former: Program Officer, Princeton in Africa)
  • Jemilah Abdulai ‘09 (M.A., Johns Hopkins), Consultant, African Development Bank Group (Tunisia)

Higher Education

  • Marcia Brumit Kropf ’67 (M.A.T., Oberlin; PhD<span >, NYU), President, Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College (former: CEO, Girls, Inc.)
  • Nancy Vickers ’67 (PhD, Yale) (former: President, Bryn Mawr College)
  • Helen Gannon Drinan ’69 (M.L.S., Simmons College; M.B.A., Simmons College), President, Simmons College
  • Barbara Stebbins-Boaz ’81 (PhD, Brown), Associate Professor of Biology, Willamette University
  • Carmen J. Cividanes-Lago ’83 (M.Ed., Harvard; PhD, Oxford), Executive Director, Association of Private Colleges and Universities of Puerto Rico
  • Amy Gosselin Loth ’94 (M.A. in Comparative Politics and Public Policy, Université de Montpellier I-Faculté de Droit et Science Politique), Founder and Director, Mount Holyoke College Program in Montpellier
  • Courtney Murren ’94 (PhD, University of Connecticut), Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Charleston
  • Aya Tanaka ’94, (MA, Columbia; PhD, Rutgers), Adjunct Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University
  • Emily Burrill ’97 (M.A., University of Vermont, PhD, Stanford), Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Priya Ratneshwar ’98 (M.A., University of Missouri), Director of Alumnae Communications, Bryn Mawr College (former: Public Relations Writer, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Noel Schiller ’98 (PhD), University of Michigan), Assistant Professor of Art History, University of South Florida
  • Jennifer Kyker ‘02 (PhD, University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
  • Kelly Buttermore ’03, Grants Coordinator, American Council of Learned Societies
  • Aleksandra Kacperczyk ’04 (PhD, University of Michigan), Fred Kayne Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship/Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management-Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • An Thi Minh Vo ’12, Marketing Coordinator, RMIT University Vietnam

 Library

  • Stephanie Willen Brown ’85 (M.L.S., Simmons College), Director, Park Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Martha O’Hara Conway ’85 (M.L.S., University of Michigan-Dearborn), Associate Director of Special Collections, University of Michigan System (former: Catalog Management Librarian, Yale University; Librarian, Library of Congress)
  • Sarah Wenzel ’92 (M.A., M.L.S., University of Illinois) Bibliographer for Literatures, University of Chicago (former: Columbia University; Reference Coordinator, Humanities Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Medicine

  • Sarah Morrison Dillon ’90 (M.D., University of Cincinnati), Psychiatrist, Private Practice, Cincinnati
  • Kimberly Christy ’93 (DVM, University of Pennsylvania), Veterinarian, Animal Emergency Clinic, Austin, TX
  • Sarita Nori ’93 (M.D., Harvard), Dermatologist, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
  • Grace Nicksa ’97 (M.P.H., Dartmouth; M.D., University of Connecticut), Surgeon, Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • Carrie Holland ’00 (M.D., Loyola University Chicago), Family Medicine, Private Practice/MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois
  • Raksha Mudbhary ’04 (PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Analyst (Oncology), GlobalData (former: Research Assistant, Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital)
  • Natercia Rodrigues ’06 (M.D., University of Connecticut), Resident, Family Medicine, University of Rochester
  • Adrianna Saada ’06 (M.P.H., Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Program Coordinator, Public Health Solutions, New York

Arts

  • Mara Bonde Richter ’91 (Master of Music, Boston University), Freelance Opera Singer (multiple affiliations [Boston Pops, Tanglewood Chorus, Handel and Haydn Society et al.], performances and recordings)

Clergy

  • Jane Gerdsen ‘00 (M. Div., The Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA), Priest, The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio (former: Priest-in-Charge, St, Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Dayton, Ohio; Youth Program Director, Church of the Advent, Boston)